Dry eyes can cause distracting and irritating symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life and make contact lenses uncomfortable.
At Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey, we offer a variety of treatments for dry eye syndrome.
Learn how Dr. Kenneth S. Miller helps dry eye patients in West Orange and Northern NJ...
There Are Two Types of Dry Eye
Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry EyeWhen a patient suffers from aqueous dry eye, the lacrimal glands do not produce enough natural moisture to keep their eyes comfortable and healthy. A number of conditions and factors can contribute to this form of dry eye syndrome.
Evaporative Dry EyeWhen your eyes produce poor-quality tears that evaporate too quickly, it is called evaporative dry eye (EDE). This is often due to blockage of the meibomian glands, which add oil to eye moisture to prevent rapid evaporation.
Let's take a look at the parts of the eye that affect tear production...
Why Tear Composition Matters
Tears are a complex mixture of water (the aqueous layer, produced by the lacrimal gland), fatty oils (the lipid layer, produced by the meibomian gland), and mucus. The three layers need to work in balance. Issues with any layer can cause dry eyes. The mucus layer helps distribute the aqueous layer across the eye surface while the lipid layer keeps the aqueous layer from evaporating too quickly.
Schedule a Dry Eye Consultation Our New Jersey Eye Doctors Are Here to Help
If dry eye symptoms make it difficult for you to wear contact lenses and enjoy normal activities, Dr. Kenneth Miller and his team can help. We offer state-of-the-art dry eye treatment at our offices in West Orange and Whippany, which can relieve symptoms and improve your ocular health.
We have served the region for more than 40 years, and want everyone in the community to experience the joys of clear and comfortable vision.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome, contact our eye doctors online or call our offices at:
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What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
The Natural Aging ProcessMany people who are 50 and older experience dry eye symptoms. This is due to reduced tear production as well as systemic conditions.
Damaged Tear DuctsInjuries to the eye or eyelids can result in damage to the tear ducts. This has an adverse effect on overall eye moisture, contributing to dry eye.
Eye SurgerySurgeries such as LASIK can lead to severed nerves in the cornea. As a result, the surface of the eye does not sense the need for moisture. Often, this side effect is temporary.
Inflammation around the EyesInflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis) may contribute to blocked oil glands. This alters tear composition and can result in dry eye syndrome.
Medication Side EffectsDry eye is a side effect of numerous medications, including painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, birth control, sleeping pills, and antihistamines.
Medical ConditionsDry eye could also be a symptom of a systemic condition, such as diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and thyroid conditions.
Environmental FactorsThis common form of dry eye syndrome may be the result of environmental factors such as dry climates, high winds, and smoky environments.
Screens and Dry Eye Why Blink Rate Matters
On average, people blink between 15 to 20 times a minute, which is crucial for keeping the surface of the eyes properly moisturized. If you stare at a screen for a long period of time, studies have found that your blink rate decreases by 66 percent.
This means that using your laptop, phone, or tablet can lead to dry eye symptoms.
One way to reset your blink rate and prevent screen-related dry eye is to practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen for 20 seconds, focusing on something 20 feet away.
Dry Eye Diagnosis
Comprehensive Eye Exam
Dr. Miller will note your symptoms and then use a variety of tools to examine the ocular surface and the conjunctiva (the membrane that covers the eye and lines the inner eyelids) for dryness.
InflammaDry® is a painless and affordable tool that analyzes eye moisture and your levels of MMP-9, an inflammatory marker. InflammaDry test results are available within minutes.
Keratography is a non-invasive technology that analyzes the topography of the corneal surface and also examines the meibomian glands in the eyelids. It can also document tear break-up time.
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Dry Eye Treatment
A number of simple steps can be taken to ease discomfort. For example, replenishing lost moisture with over-the-counter eye drops or artificial tears can help to keep the eye moist.
Treating the Underlying Cause
Identifying the cause of your dry eyes can lead to successful treatment. For instance, if your dry eye is caused by a medication, you can talk to your general practitioner about using a different drug.
Carrying artificial tears is not always enough for relief. Dr. Miller may recommend prescription eye drops and other medications to treat your dry eye if artificial tears don't provide relief.
The tear ducts drain excess moisture away through small openings called punctae. Punctal plugs can treat dry eye by reducing drainage.
Unblocking Oil Glands
If dry eye is caused by a blockage of the oil glands, patients can apply a warm compress to unblock them. We also offer MiBo Thermoflo, a small instrument to deliver a warm, gentle massage that opens clogged glands.
The innovative TrueTear® system uses neurostimulation in the nasal cavity to provide a temporary increase in tear production.
IPL therapy is another option for treating block meibomian glands. This device emits bursts of light at different wavelengths to effectively reduce dry eye symptoms. IPL therapy can also be used to address rosacea and inflammation around the eyes in some cases of dry eye.